by North Carolina to the north, Georgia to the south and west, and by the Atlantic Ocean to the east,
the state is an burgeoning part of the New South with a growing population attracted to South Carolina's moderate property
taxes, low cost of living, and good old-fashioned southern hospitality.
Textiles and cotton were once "king" in South Carolina, but today its economy is a diverse one that includes
lumber harvesting from millions of acres of forests, commercial fishing of shrimp and crabs off its Atlantic coast, and inland
bumper crops of peaches, pecans, peanuts and sweet potatoes. Other major industries include chemicals, heavy machinery
With affordable housing, low property taxes, and with a general cost of living more than 10% lower than the national average, South Carolina has joined its neighbor to the north as a prime relocation destination among many living along the Atlantic seaboard. The major draw continues to be Charleston, (SC's 'Second City' after Columbia, the state capitol) which regularly makes top ten lists of most livable communities, best business climate, as well as top accolades for art and culture.
Statewide, tourism is another chief industry centering around South Carolina beaches and popular coastal resorts at Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island, as well as historic tours of Columbia and Charleston, and stunning upstate Blue Ridge Mountain vistas in the northwestern part of the state.
Carolina Census Data)
Major cities: Columbia (capital), Charleston, Greenville
Population : 4,321,249
White : 68.4%
Black, African American : 29.2%
Hispanic : 3.3%
High school graduates : 76.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 20.4%
Average household income: $39,454
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - South Carolina Real Estate Home ownership rate : 72.2%
Average home price : $158,900
Average travel time to work : 24.3 minutes
Personal Income Taxes: South Carolina imposes personal income taxes over six brackets at rates ranging from 3 percent to 7 percent. Residents are required to file state income taxes using Form SC 1040 each year by April 15.
: Like most of U.S. southern states, South Carolina
is uniformly hot and humid during the summer. Temperatures
are more variable in winter, from mild along the coast to
below freezing further inland and in the upstate Blue Ridge
about relocating to South Carolina around the Web:
to South Carolina - The official South Carolina government portal with information
on demographics and cost of living data, jobs & employment,
health care and hospitals.
Carolina City Data Forums - Join busy message boards with
tips & advice on moving to Charleston, Columbia, the Greenville
- Spartanburg area and York & Lancaster counties including
information on cost of living, apartments and real estate,
property taxes, schools, retirement and related topics.
City of Columbia - The official site offering facts
and information on city history, neighborhoods, area attractions,
services, parks & recreation areas, city job listings,
Charleston's Finest City Guide - Extensive guide to information
on apartment & real estate brokers, job listings, area
grocers and supermarkets, banks, schools, hospitals, churches
& houses of worship, area attractions and entertainment.
Carolina real estate, apartments & job classifieds: